Is Your Church a House or a Temple?
Feb03

Is Your Church a House or a Temple?

I’ve observed over the years churches view their facilities in one of two primary ways: as a house or a temple. I’ve led in churches small and large with facilities ranging from cheap and rented to multi-site worth tens of millions of dollars. In each place, regardless of the size or value of the facility, some viewed the facility as a temple and others as a house. How you view your facility will determine to what extent...

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Why I Tithe – Part 1
Jan15

Why I Tithe – Part 1

Tithing is a beautiful thing. I’m a tither and always have been, other than a brief time from graduate school through the first year or two of ministry. The reason for that period was I didn’t realize that as my income had increased from “grad student extraordinaire (tongue in cheek) to full-time minister I didn’t adjust my weekly giving amount. I still gave regularly–just not to the level of the tithe....

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Stay Away from the Ministry Casino
Dec04

Stay Away from the Ministry Casino

Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some...

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Napkins at IHOP – The IHOP Principle
Mar06

Napkins at IHOP – The IHOP Principle

When your church has to make spending cuts (and all churches will at some point), choose wisely. By wisely, I mean don’t make cuts that offer low ROC (return on cut). Let me explain. The primary reason go into an IHOP is for the Cinn-a-stack pancakes. If I could do without those, I would rarely eat at IHOP. Here’s why: there are two things they do that ding my breakfast experience there. First, they give you one, small,...

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How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church
Mar04

How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church

So, how’s your church budget doing this year? It’s March now, which means it’s also a good time to look at church finances. You can probably already tell what kind of start the church is off too. Granted, January and February are not strong months for offerings, historically. However, you can take this into account and make some adjustments if you need to. If you’re off to a better year than anticipated, praise...

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